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Melbourne Fundamental Bench Mark   


Location
Grid reference: SK 36430 24190.
Landranger 128: Derby & Burton upon Trent.
Explorer 245: The National Forest.
GPS network passive station: H1SK3624.
Waypoint: FM7162.

Neighbouring Flush Brackets
302 Melbourne Common 688.77m to the northeast.
2407 Ticknall 1.38km to the west.
684 Melbourne, Robinson's Hill 1.45km to the northeast.
685 Melbourne Arms PH 1.84km to the east.
301 Melbourne, Mount Boot Factory 2.04km to the northeast.
The nearest fundamental bench mark is Nuneaton, 31.11km to the south.

Second Geodetic Levelling, England & Wales (1912-21)
This fundamental bench mark was used during the Second geodetic levelling, England & Wales, and was levelled with a height of 374.3240 feet [114.0940 metres] above mean sea level (Newlyn datum). It was included on the Matlock to Melbourne, Melbourne to Nuneaton, Melbourne to Stafford and Melbourne to Waltham on the Wolds levelling lines.

Third Geodetic Levelling, England & Wales (1950-68)
This fundamental bench mark was used during the Third geodetic levelling, England & Wales, and was levelled with a height of 374.3240 feet [114.0940 metres] above mean sea level (Newlyn datum). It was included on the Matlock to Melbourne, Melbourne to Nuneaton, Melbourne to Stafford and Waltham on the Wolds to Melbourne levelling lines.

Logged Visits
Visited on 1st March 2017 by Dugswell2. Grid reference: SK 36430 24190. Condition: Good.
Lay-by, walked along the road to the two signs, found the grey box then walked back along the ditch to find the well hidden FBM.

Visited on 8th July 2016 by Orlandos_Rat. Grid reference: SK 36430 24190. Condition: Good.
I eventually found it half buried.

Visited on 15th November 2014 by mickandkim. Grid reference: SK 36430 24190. Condition: Good.
In good order to right of metal box

Visited on 4th December 2013 by RichardL. Grid reference: SK 36430 24197. Condition: Good.
Well done to previous visitors who've excavated it - just needed a bit of sweeping with a handy stick to clear recent debris from the top. Photo at http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/3768772

Visited on 18th July 2013 by ChrisC. Condition: Good.
Hidden by summer vegetation and well protected by a thorn bush!

Visited on 5th November 2012 by Dusty. Condition: Good.

Visited on 2nd December 2011 by Calico. Condition: Good.

Visited on 28th September 2011 by buspass. Condition: Good.
from t-uk

Visited on 26th February 2009 by Griefmiester. Condition: Good.
Easily located due to previous logs - height marker at 374.32 ft

Visited on 22nd February 2009 by GeoRams. Grid reference: SK 36430 24190. Condition: Good.
Good condition and easy to find now it's been exposed by previous visitors.
Photo at : http://trigpointinguk-photos.s3.amazonaws.com/079/P79638.jpg

Visited on 6th November 2004 by RodS. Grid reference: SK 36430 24189. Condition: Good.
Having failed to find the FBM on previous occasions, I returned armed with prodder and digging implements. I knew from the OS sketch where to dig so, after removing a heap of concrete debris, I prodded and immediately hit solid granite. A few minutes of digging revealed the top of the FBM complete with bolt and height plate (374.32ft). Major excavation would be needed to reveal more of the pillar and the buried chamber! [Note that JWR excavated the pillar (but not the chamber!) shortly afterwards]
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